Co-ordinating, steering and evaluating our written heritage: A plan of action for librarians

This article presents the successive phases of the Plan of Action for Written Heritage, drawn up by the French Ministry for Culture and Communication in 2004 with the aim of improving the conditions of conservation and enhancement of heritage collections held in provincial libraries. The stages include carrying out a national survey, implementing regional plans of action with local, regional, and national stakeholders, and developing new tools for co-ordinating, steering, and evaluating heritage collections. The article includes a presentation of the Written Heritage website launched in July 2008 and preliminary results from the survey into university and research heritage collections.